hamasHamas should be removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, a top European Court of Justice (ECJ) advisor has recommended. In 2014, the court ruled that the Palestinian Islamist movement should be taken off the list on technical grounds.

Judges of the General Court ruled that EU leaders relied too heavily on media reports rather than their own investigations when they imposed asset freezes and travel bans on Hamas members.

pal resistanceAt a glance, Israel appears a true democracy. Take a closer look and that facade of democracy will soon dissipate, turning into something else entirely.

Tuesday 28 February was one of those moments. The chain of events was as follows:

An official Israeli State Comptroller issued another report on the Israeli government’s handling of the July 2014 war on Gaza; it chastised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon –  among others – for the lack of preparedness and for their mishandling of the subsequent 51-day conflict; Netanyahu reacted angrily; Ya’alon took to Facebook to defend his record; the opposition in the Israeli Knesset went on the offensive; politicians lined up, taking sides; a media frenzy followed; the country was in an uproar.

Moshe SadfieThe Muslim Progressive Front registers its strongest protest against the invitation extended to Moshe Safdie , supposed to be a world renowned  architect of Israel.  He is a notorious planner, who has begun uprooting the Palestinians from their place of birth and settle thousands of illegitimate Israeli settlers even in private lands grabbing the lands of the Palestinians in and around Jerusalem, the holy land where stands the Al-Aqsa Mosque so dear and near to the billions of Muslims around the world.

How could such a person be a Chief Guest at a architectural conference in Sri Lanka which is committed to support the Palestinian cause morally and spiritually.  It is reported by knowledgeable media sources that  Moshe ’s visit is linked to a secret plan to speed up a Zionist plot to spread the its vicious tentacles in this land of serenity.

gaza destructThe Irish and the Palestinian people share a common bond that stretches back in history many centuries - in the case of the Palestinians to Biblical times - and that is their long-fought struggle to acquire a national homeland against insuperable odds.

What distinguishes the two groups, however, is that the Irish succeeded in fulfilling the dream of obtaining statehood, while the Palestinians remain stuck in limbo.

The Irish achieved statehood status in 1922 following the Irish War of Independence and the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty (the struggle over Northern Ireland, however, continued up until the Good Friday Agreements in 1998).

gaza destructby Imithiaz Bakeer Markar

This is year 2017. The Balfour Declaration which gave birth to Palestine calamity marks its 100th anniversary this year. The Declaration is widely acknowledged as the protocol that triggered a number of protracted armed conflicts and seemingly interminable violence that continue to ravage the world. It set the stage for bifurcation of Palestine to accommodate Jews victimized in Europe. Millions of Palestinians were rendered homeless and became refugees. The few Palestinians that were left in the Palestinian soil were herded into open air prison camps. Hundreds of thousands of other Palestinians were killed, brutalized and chased away from their motherland.